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California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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401 South Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
+1 803-254-6767
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Lexington, South Carolina
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

California Dreaming has an excellent selection of cuisine for lunch or dinner. The restaurant has great tasting buttered croissants. Some of the best croissants around town. The salad is an excellent choice for a meal. California Dreaming has a great hamburger as well. Wonderful place to enjoy a meal.

Thank stanley824
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The old train station made a great place to eat. In the old days you'd never get much of a meal there but now lunch or dinner is a treat. The menu is varied from burgers to the biggest salad you'll ever find and the hot buttered croissants, which comes with just about everything, are a REAL treat. And, you... More 

Thank Laura J H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I went with my family for dinner and it was delicious! I got the prime rib and green beans with a salad and it was a great portion with great flavor! My brothers both got the marinated sirloin which was amazing! My mom got the California Dreaming salad which was huge and delicious also. I would recommend this restaurant to... More 

Thank Heather A
Savannah, Georgia
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Food is excellent, fantastic salads, variety of menu items.. great atmosphere, they also have a restaurant in Charleston, on the waterfront, it is excellent as well.

Thank Lois W
Honolulu, Hawaii
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

1st time dining at California Dreaming. We made reservations a week prior and glad we did. A lot of people waiting to be seated when we walked in, but thankfully we didn't have to wait. Very spacious, dim lighting, friendly service, excellent food options. 3 of our guests are vegetarian, but had no trouble finding something satisfying on the menu.... More 

Thank Ohana0505
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent view over the harbour which was very nice. Large venue however the night we went wasn't too busy. Enjoyed the food.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A sure bet for a great meal , friendly service , reasonable prices. The honey rolls are out of this world. Drinks are mixed properly , not overbearing like some frat party mixers.

Thank Phil M
Columbia, South Carolina
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50 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all, potential guests need to know that California Dreaming, Columbia, is located inside an old railroad station. The ceilings are enough, it itself. The management is absolutely top shelf. Richard Hendren goes out of his way to make sure every guest is treated well, and always spends a little time at our table. They are known for their... More 

Thank mdskinllc
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dozens of open tables but a 30 minute wait. Not everyone wants sit at the bar to dine. Not an accommodating restaurant

Thank Pier5660
CentraArchy-Rest, Guest Relations Manager at California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us know about your experience on dining with us as a party of one. We are very sorry that we did not meet your expectations and did not live up to our own high standards. More 

Columbia, South Carolina
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here for several business and personal events and have enjoyed ourselves each time!! We had Great food and service each time!

Thank jaunew

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 South Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-254-6767
Voted “Best Salad” 12 years running, by Free Times and Columbia Metropolitan, “Best Date Spot, Best Overall Restaurant and Best Place to Take your Parents” by USC’s The Daily Gamecock. Enjoy giant-sized fare from the California Dreaming kitchen; start with the Barbecue Chicken Nachos, then slow-cooked Prime Rib or a hearty pasta dish. The restaurant also features late night bar bites; large party carry-out and catering; live music and seasonal patio dining. The historic landmark building, Union Station, is located steps away from USC.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?